I was sent on an all expense paid trip by Disney to cover the Tomorrowland movie premiere. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a movie premiere event for Tomorrowland. Disney sent me and 23 other bloggers to LA to interview actors and actresses from the movie (you can read my George Clooney interview here), and to experience the Tomorrowland section of Disneyland (more to come about that later).
I was pretty excited to learn that we were also going to get to interview Britt Robertson who plays Casey Newton in the new Disney film. If you have never seen Britt Robertson on screen, some of her movies include The Longest Ride, and my all time favorite — Dan in Real Life.
You are a MURDERER of LOVE!
That line never gets old y'all!
Britt entered the room with a smile on her face and looking as elegant and classy as I had ever seen anyone. When I found out that she was 25 years old, I was simply blown away. Her acting is phenomenal and I can pretty much see her playing just about any role that is handed to her.
As blown away as we were by her, she was blown away that a room full of mom bloggers could be so welcoming. I am sure for her, it was a very different approach to any kind of interview she had ever done before.
Moms know all too well what it's like to be bombarded so we love to give the actors and actresses space to feel comfortable and relaxed when they enter the interview room — and that is exactly how she felt.
1. Auditioning for the part of Casey Newton
One of the first questions that all us moms wanted to know is how hard and how long was the auditioning process. Britt told us that it was very lengthy. In fact, she started in November of 2013 trying out for the part of Casey. Between November of 2013 and July of 2014 she had numerous auditions for the part.
She spent a bit of time doing a full reading with Brad Bird and eventually they flew her to Vancouver to do a screen test with Raffey Cassidy, who plays Athena.
After seeing her on screen connection with Raffey, a week later, they called her and told her she got the part.
Once she found out that she had been given the role of Casey Newton, she said she had an overwhelming feeling of happiness — to a point that it was almost euphoric.
She really loved the people she was going to be working with, so when she found out — she was extremely happy and even shed some tears in the process!
Getting the role of Casey Newton is definitely going to be a changing point in her career.
2. What drew Britt Robertson to this movie
When Britt first read the script for Tomorrowland, she knew that she wanted to be a part of an original idea that could shape the way we think about the future.
It really covers the future and how we look at our future and how, as a society, we can actually influence our future and make it the world that we want to live in. I thought that it was a really powerful message and especially for a young woman to be the lead in a movie like this it was really cool for me.
3. Britt Robertson on her being the hero of the movie
Being a young woman in a Disney film, Britt was excited to be portrayed as the hero of the movie. While playing that role was overwhelming, she said that Brad Bird really gave her encouragement that she could do this part. He told her to be brave and just take it one day a time.
4. Is Britt different from Casey or are they very similar
Britt said that at the start of the movie when they began filming, that she was very different from her character Casey. However, somewhere in the movie, things began to shift, and she began adopting some of her character traits and learning to look at things in an optimistic way.
Before the movie, she looked at the world as an ominous place. Being young and living in a world with so much heartache and gloom and doom, she said learning from Casey really helped her to have a change of mindset.
5. Britt's thoughts on working with George Clooney
I loved when Britt shared her personal experience of working with George Clooney. In fact, she took away the same thoughts that I had after meeting him. She said this about the iconic legend —
Working with George, you know, going into it, you have all the expectations of a person like that — who is an amazing movie star.
For me, if I was George Clooney, I, I don’t know that I would be able to handle it as well as he has and that was what was so surprising to me is, being able to be around him and see how he’s just completely himself. Like, he hasn’t been lost in the process of becoming George Clooney.
She also went on to say this about working with George —
He is still the person that he wants to be and working with him, it made me realize you can still be who you want to be in this industry. You don’t have to be tainted by the process or the people. He’s so professional and I just learned a lot from him.
6. Futuristic film — did it change how Britt prepared for the role
The film Tomorrowland has been coined as a retro futrisitic film by many. All of us moms wanted to know if that made any impact on Britt and how she prepared for this film.
For her — she tried really hard not to focus on that. Instead, she chose to focus on the story and the element of the film. She said that many times people get caught up in ideas and genres and begin focusing on the end result and lose sight of the movie's story and element.
7. Britt's favorite scene to shoot in the movie
There were many scenes that Britt loved that she got to shoot during the movie, but the pin scenes were her favorite.
In fact, the scene where she is out in the middle of the lake during the night had to be her favorite scene of all time.
This specific scene was shot in a swamp in Florida so Britt was always on the hunt for an alligator or two.
8. That time that Britt got to pulverize someone with a baseball bat
During one part of the movie, Britt is given a baseball bat for protection from the people coming after her. She said that they gave her baseball bat lessons and everything.
She laughed when they gave her a dummy to practice on, and she told them all that she would definitely not need to practicing hurting someone. All she had to do was imagine this man trying to hurt or harm her and she would just attack him with everything in her — with all the power she had.
They had her perform the real scene on a stuntman which after a few minutes of it had George a little on the edge and trying to protect the guy from Britt's marvelous bat skills.
The first scenes Britt shot for the movie
During the movie, Britt said the first scenes they had her shoot were the pin experiences. They did that to make sure she could handle the movie because these pin moments were such a big part of the movie.
The wheat field was hard not to smush down, so they had to take extra precaution when filming those scenes.
9. Britt on her role working with Tim McGraw
In the film, Tim McGraw plays Casey Newton's father. We asked her what it was like working with him. Her response really made me smile because she loves that man as much as I do!
It was so cool. I mean, I love Tim McGraw like nobody’s business. I'm a huge country fan. In fact, when I first met him, I attacked him. I was like you have no idea how much I love you. I love your music, I love your wife, I think you’re the coolest!
He was such a sweet man and he’s such a family man. He has three daughters and just hearing his stories about his daughters was really sweet and I got to pretend I was his daughter for a second, so that was nice.
10. Britt on guzzling down tons of Coca Cola
At another point in the movie, Britt has to down like 3 bottles of Coca Cola. However, after doing several takes, she had her fill!
She was so excited for that scene because she is an avid Coke drinker. By the time they finally got the scene completely finished, she wound up drinking like 10 or 11 Cokes.
By this time, she said that her belly was full and swollen and instead of it staying down, it started coming back up so she began taking little breaks in between until they could get the scene finished.
11. Her thoughts on being in her first film with Raffey Cassidy
When we were talking to Britt about her role and who her role models might be, we told her about our interview with Raffey earlier in the day and how Raffey considers Britt to be an amazing role model. She was floored and even humbled by that thought.
The main thing that Britt learned from working with Raffey Cassidy is the way that she takes constructive criticism on her role and how she portrays her character.
I remember early on in the process working with Brad because he’s so involved and he has so much direction. As an actress, you’re used to taking the direction and kind of making it your own and I remember trying to do that a lot of times.
Brad would be asking very specific things and I would sort of, you know, have a conversation with him about .
Then I would watch him give Raffey direction and all she would say is okay. After every single time and I was like, you know, like that’s how you take direction. You just say okay and you do it and you’re professional about it.
I made a pact with myself from that point forward that I was going to do what Raffey does and I’m just going to say okay and I’m going to give it my best shot.
Raffye's professionalism and her spirit throughout the entire film, not matter how long we filmed, no matter what they were asking of her, physically, emotionally, she just did it. She did it to the best of her ability and I think that’s a huge lesson for me.
12. Getting a little too close with the truck
During once scene, Raffey has to drive a truck that both her and Britt are in. She dumps Britt off and then drives away, but during the filming process, Raffey got a bit too close, but Britt trusted her — even though at the time she was only 12 years old.
Although, Britt did not know that Raffey got that close to her.
13. On George Clooney and his practical jokes
When we interviewed Raffey, she let on that George loved to crack jokes so we wanted to get her perspective on his practical joke side.
What I loved about his practical jokes on our set is it wasn’t like full on prank where there’s like a pig in my trailer one day.
I do remember there was so many times where he would try and convince Raffey to be a diva, or like fake smoking a cigarette or something. Of course, I told him to take it down a notch, but he was always trying to silly things like that.
14. Working with Hugh Laurie
Our last and final question that we got to ask Britt was about Hugh Laurie. I was so excited to hear what it is like working with him. He has been my favorite actor since House — so I was curious to find out if his character was anything like the man I loved.
She said that Hugh was a gem and many times they would be in the makeup trailer together getting ready. She shared that every single day he shared a new fun fact about life in general. She called him a talented book of knowledge.
She really loves his talent and enjoys his musical abilities and encouraged all of us to go see Hugh sometime when he is playing the piano somewhere.
I am like Britt– I will get there one day and hear him play.
We finished the interview and took our group photo with her and then we said our goodbyes.
This movie is one that will move and shape the future of the next generation. Take your whole family and go see it when it comes out on May 22nd.
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